The Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the over 700 acre preserve and its animals for the education and enjoyment of all.
To promote knowledge and foster appreciation of arctic and boreal ecology through the creation of a centre of northern education, conservation and research excellence at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
The Yukon Wildlife Preserve will be an internationally recognized centre of arctic and boreal ecology and knowledge.
Basically, an ecosystem is a set of relationships among the living resources, habitats, and residents of an area such as plants, animals, wetlands, and people.
Very few have witnessed this unless you have had the privilege to walk into the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
The landscape is breathtaking and the animals are majestic. However, it is the third element of this interdependent triad that makes the culture of the preserve a unique facility. The staff at the preserve are extremely committed to their work. They have more conviction in the tip of their nail than many of us have in our entire beings. They believe in the value and respect for nature, and work hard to ensure that the environment is well preserved, the animals receive the upmost care, and view each other as family.
They are dedicated to impart knowledge to everyone that comes into the preserve. We have all heard that knowledge means power. They believe that educating the new generations is imperative to make a difference in the future. Providing knowledge to all the visitors that take the guided tours allow grown-ups to take some knowledge and a piece of their conviction back with them wherever they go. They believe that we are all the same, meaning that the animals, the environment, and people have the same rights to be respected and valued. Let each be as it will be and not impose meanings to the other elements based on our human perception of how the other two elements should be.
The staff’s passion is contagious. The vastness of the environment gives you a sense of awareness and solitude, and yet you feel like you belong with the animals and nature around you. You cannot help but take a piece of the preserve with you, once you leave.
The staff and the Board have ambitious goals. The Board has new members and hopes to accomplish more in the next decade. The staff continue to be creative and keep learning from the animals and the environment. Partnership with more universities to conduct research and rehabilitate injured animals. Above all, working together as a family that welcomes those who come for a short time like the international interns, and summer students that return and decide to stay.
Karla Ter Voert is a graduate student at Royal Roads University in Victoria.